We ate at the Q shack today. I was the only person in line and it took about 5 minutes for someone to walk over and take my order.
We had the brisket and the smoked pork shoulder sandwich. The meat was tasty, but the brisket tasted closer to a good pot roast rather than a smoked brisket. Don't get me wrong, it tasted fine, but coming from the midwest, it did not taste like smoked brisket to me. It tasted like it was started in a smoker, but then finished quickly in a oven more like a smoky roast. Tender, but not fall apart in your sandwich tender like I am used to.
The pork was tasty, good flavor. Not really smoky, but tasty.
The slaw was hardly dressed, and we received really small portions of slaw. It tasted like they had just pulled it out of the bag before they gave it to us. Very cabbagey. For a $2 side, it was like 30 cents worth of dry cabbage.
The sauces are so so. One vinegar based, one sweet thicker sauce.
The other sides were okay. Nothing I would crave for a future visit, but nothing that I would not eat if it was on my plate.
They got our bill wrong, but after restating my order three times I just paid for the extra side I did not order. For two it was just over $20.
Portions were average. It was okay, just not great. That said, I have had mostly bad bbq in Raleigh. So if you are just looking for decent bbq in Raleigh, it's probably worth stopping by.
Pros: Tasty Meat
Cons: Service not great, loud, not terribly customer friendly